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Say It Once: The No Bullshit Guide to Parenting Paperback – January 9, 2017
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Um, no, that is wrong. Saying "no" to your kids and having them take on lots of responsibilities in no way means you love them less. Although it is not readily apparent, kids really do love having structure and rules and consequences in their lives. And if you start them young enough, they absolutely love to do things on their own! After some time, we implemented many of the same rules at our house and my son gained all kinds of independence by getting himself up in the morning, making his own meals, doing his own laundry, cleaning his bathroom and doing weekend chores. I am proud to say he is now a junior in high school and is, for the most part, completely self-sufficient. He manages his own schoolwork and schedule and I know he will head off to college well-prepared for life without parents. I am working on using the same parenting principles that Kysa outlines in her book on my two younger children. I can't say I've adopted every single suggestion she makes in her book but I can say that I agree wholeheartedly with her parenting style and have witnessed how well it works not only in my own son but in all of her other kids as well. I challenge you to go buy the book and empower your kids. Not only will your life get easier and less stressful but your kids will benefit and grow as they prepare for their own eventual adulthood. Thank you, Kysa, for a great book and for helping me to become a better parent to all three of my kids!